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Rethinking Our Classrooms, Volume 2

This file is being posted on the Rethinking Schools Web site (www.rethinkingschools.org) to accompany "A New U.S. Bill of Rights," by Larry Miller, which appears on p. 70 of Rethinking Our Classrooms, Volume 2.

1. The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, color, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language, and birth.

2. Everyone has inherent dignity and the right to have their dignity respected and protected.

3. Everyone has the right to freedom and security of the person, which includes the right --

4. Everyone has the right to bodily and psychological integrity, which includes the right --

5. No one may be subjected to slavery, servitude or forced labor.

6. Everyone has the right to privacy, which includes the right not to have --

7. Everyone has the right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief and opinion.

8. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes --

9. Everyone has the right, peacefully and unarmed, to assemble, to demonstrate, to picket and to present petitions.

10. Every citizen is free to make political choices, which includes the right --

11. Every adult citizen has the right --

12. Every citizen has the right to choose their trade, occupation or profession freely.

13. Every worker has the right --

14. Everyone has the right --

15. The state must take reasonable legislative and other measures, within its available resources, to foster conditions which enable citizens to gain access to land on an equitable basis.

16. A person or community whose tenure of land is legally insecure as a result of past racially discriminatory laws or practices is entitled, to the extent provided by an Act of Parliament, either to tenure which is legally secure or to comparable redress.

17. A person or community dispossessed of property after 19 June 1913 as a result of past racially discriminatory laws or practices is entitled, to the extent provided by an Act of Parliament, either to restitution of that property or to equitable redress.

18. Everyone has the right to have access to adequate housing.

19. No one may be evicted from their home, or have their home demolished, without an order of court made after considering all the relevant circumstances. No legislation may permit arbitrary evictions.

20. Everyone has the right to have access to --

21. No one may be refused emergency medical treatment.

22. Every child has the right --

23. Everyone has the right --

24. Everyone has the right to receive education in the official language or languages of their choice in public educational institutions where that education is reasonably practicable. In order to ensure the effective access to, and implementation of, this right, the state must consider all reasonable educational alternatives, including single medium institutions, taking into account --

25. Everyone has the right to use the language and to participate in the cultural life of their choice, but no one exercising these rights may do so in a manner inconsistent with any provision of the Bill of Rights.

26. Persons belonging to a cultural, religious or linguistic community may not be denied the right, with other members of that community --

27. Everyone has the right of access to --

28. Everyone who is arrested for allegedly committing an offence has the right --

29. Every accused person has a right to a fair trial, which includes the right --